The Point, June 9, 2021: UF Says It Will Maintain Daily COVID Case Reporting Despite State’s Change

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• WUFT News: Florida Changes From Daily COVID Data Tracking Updates To Weekly. UF Says It Doesn’t Plan To Do The Same. “Since May 28, the state’s new case positivity rate is at a low of 3.6%, another reason the department decided to make a change. … The university has reported only six positive tests since May 26.”

• Villages-News: Villager describes ‘nightmare’ situation after hospital ransomware attack. “Last week, hospital personnel told Villages-News.com that the cafeterias have not been accessible due to the ransomware attack shutting down the cash registers. And that’s not the only inconvenience that hospital staffers are facing as a result of the cyberattack which apparently began on Memorial Day, the same week a new COO took over at the two hospitals.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: McNealy: Entire school board might have to resign. “School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) Chair Leanetta McNealy said on Tuesday that all of the SBAC members should resign after learning that the last time the SBAC updated its redistricting resolution was in 2001.”

• WUFT News: Planning To Run For Office In Florida In 2022? A Key Deadline Is Approaching. “A new Florida law means that for the 2022 election cycle, candidates for partisan offices will have until Saturday, June 12, to change their party affiliation.”

• WCJB: GRU general manager responds to possible rate increase. “GRU rates will soon rise after the Gainesville City Commission voted to pass a motion last night.”

• WUFT News: UF College of Veterinary Medicine Hires New Dean. “The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has officially named Dr. Dana Zimmel as the school’s new dean. Zimmel has served the role in an interim capacity since December of 2019 when the former dean, Dr. James W. Lloyd, retired after six years in the position.”

• WGCU: UF scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species. “If they are able to understand why an invasive species fails to establish, it helps them understand how to prevent other invaders from surviving. UF/IFAS researchers decided to examine guppies and mosquito fish to find out.”

• Spectrum News: Noisy boaters force Citrus County to consider new ordinance for Homosassa River. “The (Citrus County Board of County Commissioners) is also looking into lowering speed limits along parts of the river and is considering ways to pay for increased security.”


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Around the state today

• CNN: They survived one of the worst school shootings in American history. Now they’re graduating. “(Lauren)  Hogg and (Brooke) Harrison were freshmen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018 when a former student carried out the massacre that left 17 people dead. That was three years ago. Now, on Tuesday, these youngest survivors are graduating.”

• WLRN: New Anti-Gun Violence Plan Increases Youth Programs, Beefs Up Policing In Miami-Dade. “After a recent wave of high-profile gun violence across Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved a long-term plan to address the issue.”

• News Service of Florida: Q&A: Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen Discusses Opening The Door to Sports Gambling in Florida. “Allen was instrumental in nailing down the deal between Gov. Ron DeSantis and tribal Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. in April and persuading lawmakers to approve the plan during a special legislative session last month. Under the compact, the Seminoles have agreed to pay the state $2.5 billion over the first five years in exchange for having control over online sports betting throughout Florida. The tribe also will get other benefits, such as being able to offer craps and roulette at its casinos.”

• Naples Daily News ($): Gov. DeSantis vetoes $300,000 for Bonita Springs home buyout program. “State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, represents Bonita Springs and said she spoke to the governor’s office about the cut. She said veto decision was based on the money’s source, not the buyout program. The $300,000 would have come from the state’s general fund, and the governor’s office said the funding should come from disaster funds, Passidomo said.”

• News Service of Florida: Judge Tries To Untangle Daniel Uhlfelder’s Case, Lawyer Who Donned Grim Reaper Costume To Criticize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “A Northwest Florida judge is weighing how to handle an appellate court-fueled case against a lawyer who drew national headlines by donning a Grim Reaper costume. The attorney did that to criticize Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”

• WLRN: 20 Years, 40,000 Birds: How One Small Scientific Station Has Tracked South Florida’s Migrating Birds. “Birds migrating from as far as South America and Greenland fly up and down the Atlantic flyway, crossing Florida as they make their to and from northern breeding grounds. Some, like the tiny blackpoll warbler, can fly nonstop for three days, crossing the ocean in a single flight. Others fly at night, taking advantage of the dark to hide from predators, when the air is cooler and calmer.”


From NPR News

• Business: U.S. To Address Supply Chain Issues That Were Exposed By The Pandemic

• Politics: Biden’s Task Force Has Reunited 36 Migrant Families — With Hundreds To Go

• Politics: ‘Bring Your Guns’: Probe Uncovers More Alarming Intelligence Before The Capitol Riot

• Politics: Manchin Is Unmoved On The Voting Rights Bill After He Met With Civil Rights Groups

• Politics: Biden Ends Infrastructure Talks With Senate GOP Group, Saying Its Plan Fell Short

• National: Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Are Being Sold Online. Using One Is A Crime

• Health: The Highly Contagious Delta Variant Is On The Rise In the U.S.

• Planet Money: How California Homelessness Became A Crisis

• Science: Dinosaur Found In Australia Was 2 Stories Tall And The Length Of A Basketball Court

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.

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